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Posing for a selfie with a giant cup of ice cream with sprinkles

The bright, colorful and whimsical selfie worlds are full of imagination and packed with fun for young and old alike. From giant slices of cheesecake and scoops of ice cream to upside-down bedrooms and large letters; from giant seashells and mermaid tails to zombies and giant skeletons; from giant shoes to thrones of all shapes and sizes, selfies are becoming more popular every day.

Posing for a group selfie at the museum

You can take selfies anywhere. There are endless possibilities to choose from and post on social media or share with family and friends. Selfies are taken by celebrities, politicians, astronauts in space, children, teenagers, men, women, and groups. Experiential or immersive museums are popping up all over the world for all to enjoy. It’s become so popular that there’s even a day dedicated to taking museum selfies.

Selfie Background Galleries

Features and Benefits

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  • Sizes - Selfie Backgrounds come in all shapes and sizes even if you want a 6', 10' or 15’ tall model, it’s very possible to do. When thinking of that fun, attention-grabbing experiential museum attraction, selfie backgrounds are what you’re looking for.
  • Professional Creators – We have a team of designers, artists, model-makers, painters, air-brushers, sculptors, carpenters, and welders to fabricate your selfie backgrounds with imagination, immersion, and experiential aspects.
  • Finishes – There are many different finishes such as unpainted in natural white or painted in a standard or custom color with matte or semi-gloss finishes. Lamination is also available. Even automotive paint finishes can be applied for extremely glossy finishes. Airbrushing of special designs can also be ordered.
  • Strength – Selfie backgrounds and large product replicas may require structural components to withstand people of all sizes standing, sitting or lying on them.
  • Project Size - No project is too large. If you can design it, we can create a physical model of it. If you can't design it, we have a team of design professionals who can. We can work with preparing 3D models from scans, drawings, photos, and even napkin drawings.
  • Capacity – Did we mention, we have 60,000 square feet of production facilities in Utah, including the largest capacity of full-color 3D printing in the world.
  • Combination – At times, it makes sense to combine selfie backgrounds and foam sculptures with special themed displays or trade show displays. We have the team that can create your selfie backgrounds with custom features, stands and special effects like augmented reality, custom electronics, lighting, and sound.

Technology and Materials

Swinging on a strawberry swing selfie Selfie on a lion mermaid
  • At WhiteClouds, we use many different technologies including Foam Fabrication, Hot Wires, CNC Cutting, Hot Knifing, Laser Cutting, Welding, Carpentry, Fiberglass and six different 3d-printing technologies.
  • With 3D printing technology, you aren't limited to straight lines and boxes. A 3D printer can easily create detailed, complex shapes. We use six different 3D printing technologies using different materials including sandstone-like, digital plastic, and UV-cured resin. The type of physical end-product determines which material will produce the best results. We can help you choose the material that is best for your project. Resolution on our printers is finer than a human hair. Our color 3D printers can print in full-color (over 750,000 variations of color) for awe-inspiring reality.
  • Our in-house spray booth gives us flexibility in different types and grades of paint and finishing capabilities.
  • Depending on requirements for durability, weather-proofing, temperature, mobility, strength, and flexibility, different finishes for our thrones can be used. These finishes may be combinations of painting, air-brushing, flat-to-glossy finishes, natural environment finishes, soft-shell and hard-shell coatings, sealers, and glassing. These can be from latex, acrylic, urethane, polyurea, epsilon, polyurethane, and many others.


The cost of each selfie background depends on the number of models you’d like us to create for you, the volume of materials (size of each model), type of materials, the time it takes to create the 3D design, production labor, and possible installation time and materials, as well as other specific elements unique to the project. Each selfie background project is bid individually and the best way to determine cost, is to contact us and let us bid your project.

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Common Questions

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Can you use my custom artwork?

Yes. Please send us your file in a vector AI, EPS, or PDF format.

What is the largest selfie background you can make?

There is no limit to the size of background model. Transportability will be your only concern on an extremely large model.

What features can selfie backgrounds have?

Selfie backgrounds can be finished with paint or special strength coatings and even airbrushed. They can also be covered with any special look you might want from organic coverings to special materials. Custom bases or special shapes are also available.

What file type is required if I need to incorporate special fabrication into the project?

We work with all architectural CAD programs and modeling programs including AutoCAD, Revit, Chief Architect, ArchiCAD, Maya, 3DS Max Design, Zbrush, and Sketchup, just to name a few. If you design in 3D, we will start with your 3D files. If you have 2D blueprints, artist's sketches (or even napkin drawings), we can build a model from these as well.

How long will it take to build my selfie background?

This is totally dependent on the size of the project. Typical projects can be completed in four to eight weeks. We understand that sometimes deadlines are tight and we can accommodate rush orders in shorter amounts of time.

Can you match our PMS/Pantone colors?

Yes. A $100 paint match charge will apply for each PMS or Pantone match.

What technology do you use for selfie backgrounds?

Several different technologies, individually or combined, are used to create selfie backgrounds. These include 3D Foam, 3D Printing, CNC Cutting, fiberglass, laser cutting, laser etching, casting, molding, sculpting, painting, airbrushing, laminating, vinyl printing, and woodworking – all meant to produce highly engaging backgrounds that fit your exact needs.

What materials are used for selfie backgrounds?

We match the correct material and fabrication process to your requirements in terms of presentation, size, and transportability. We fabricate in our model shop using different types of foam, wood, fiberglass, metal, resins, and acrylics. We can also 3D print in full-color sandstone, UV-cured resin, plastic, rubber-like acrylic, and nylon. Our selfie backgrounds are typically made with EPS foam, and sometimes with wood and fiberglass. If the selfie backgrounds are 2 - 3 ft tall and need extreme detail, we will 3D print the backgrounds. The possibilities are endless! (We can even add flowers, greenery and special lighting effects).

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WhiteClouds has delivered models around the world.

History of Selfies

Selfies in one form or another have been around since the 15th century. Artists in centuries past used paints, brushes and canvas to paint pictures of themselves. To create a self-portrait, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Van Gogh looked into a mirror and painted what they saw on the canvas. This method took hours, days, months and sometimes years to complete. Most people in this era couldn’t afford silver-backed glass mirrors so they didn’t even know what they looked like.

Self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci Rembrandt's self portrait Self-portrait of Van Gogh

The first selfie photograph was taken in 1839 on a daguerreotype camera by Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography. To capture this image, he took the lens cap off and ran into the frame to sit for a minute before running back to the camera to put the lens cap back on. Thanks to today’s technology, this process is much easier.

First self photograph taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839 Kodak Brownie Box Camera

With the debut of the Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900, self-photography became more widespread. One of the first teenagers, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, used a mirror to take her own picture and sent it to a friend.

1948 Polaroid Land Camera invented by Edwin Land

Fast forward to 1923, Samuel Shlafrock invents the earliest instant camera that had a camera and portable wet darkroom in a single compartment. In 1948 the first easy-to-use instant cameras offered to the public were invented by an American scientist, Edwin Land. Polaroid Land camera weighed over four pounds and cost $89.75 but despite those drawbacks, all 56 cameras and film packs sold out.

In the 1970s, self-expressive photography thrived when the more affordable instant cameras came onto the market. Once you snapped the photo, you watched as the image developed right before your eyes. Did you know that Instagram’s first-ever logo is based on a 1977 Land camera?

The selfie, as we know it today, had its origins in Japanese kawaii (cute) culture in the 1990s. Young girls would take photos with friends, exchange them and post in their kawaii albums. And in 1983, Minolta’s Disc-7 camera had a convex mirror on the front to enable people to take self-portraits.

Family taking a selfie at the beach with a selfie stick

The telescopic extender was patented in 1983 and came to be known as the selfie stick. It achieved worldwide popularity in the early 21st century.

As cell phones came along in the late 1990s, Japanese models included front facing cameras that enabled the creation of selfies. These were also used for video calls and as more mobile phones came on the market like the iPhone 4 the digital cameras were available globally.

Selfie with a monster

In 2000 social media sites were introduced and people began posting their selfies on places like MySpace, Facebook, Flickr and Snapchat. The selfie - as coined by Australian Nathan Hope (2002), became popular all over the world and a new genre of photography was born. Selfies these days aren't just for one person, groups of people have joined in the fun.

By 2013 the word “selfie” was included in the online version of the Oxford Dictionary and was announced as the word of the year. Instagram has over 53 million photos tagged with the hashtag #selfie to date and within one week’s time (October 2013), the hashtag was used in more than 150,000 tweets on Twitter.

Family taking a selfie at a selfie pop-up museum

24 billion selfies were uploaded to Google in 2018. Some of these have been taken at interactive pop-up museums like the Museum of Ice Cream, Color Factory, Candytopia and the Museum of Selfies. Some experiential museums have themes like the Egg House, the Halloween Scream Museum and the Museum of Pizza while others focus on culture and art like the Museum of Pop culture, the Parody of Art Museum and PopUp Disney. These trendy museums exist all over the world.